Practice turtle ‘Safety 101’


1. Hands Off Hatchlings! Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season. Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings. Even well-meaning attempts to rescue sea turtle hatchlings can do more harm than good. And digging into a sea turtle nest, entering a posted area or picking up a sea turtle hatchling to take a photo are against the law. Especially important during the nesting months of May – October, do not walk on the beach at night with a flashlight. Flashlights can disturb a sea turtle enough that they will abort their nesting attempt and leave the beach. they can also disorient emerging hatchlings


2. Clear the Way at the End of the Day. Nesting mothers and hatchling sea turtles can get trapped, confused or impeded by gear left on the beach at night. Remove items such as boats, beach chairs, umbrellas, buckets and tents at the end of the day, and fill in holes or level piles of sand before nightfall. Also, avoid burying umbrella poles in the sand; use pole-holders or sleeves instead. Properly dispose of any trash, food or other litter in covered trash cans to avoid attracting predators to the nests.


3. Choose Turtle-Friendly Activities. Lighting bonfires on the beach is also hazardous to sea turtles. In addition to the danger of a fire on the sand, the bright light can confuse hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Also remember it is illegal to disturb or harm sea turtles and their nests, eggs and hatchlings.

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Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest

You can adopt a Sea Turtle nest on Anna Maria Island .

We are now taking adoptions for the 2017 season .. Adoption plaques will be placed on the beach starting in June 2017 . Adoption packages will be mailed out starting in August ’17. Adoption certificates will be mailed out immediately upon receipt of payment so you can give the certificate as a gift anytime

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It can be "In memory of " in celebration of " , a birthday, wedding graduation gift . You can adopt for your business or just adopt to support a endangered species .Show your support for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, adopt a nest today. For your tax deductible donation a handcrafted wooden plaque with your personalized message will be placed on a nest. When the nest hatch's you will receive the data from the nest along with the plaque

Click here to Adopt a Nest

Lighting guide for beach front property



Lights that shine onto a nesting beach at night can draw turtle hatchlings away from the ocean and off the beach, where they have a slim chance of survival. Beach lights can also scare away females crawling ashore to nest.
Question: How can I make sure my water front property or the water front property I am renting is sea turtle friendly?
Answer: Turn on all the lights at night, go down to the water and look back at your property. Can you see the light? So can the sea turtle. Pull the shade, move a lamp, change the fixture or change the bulb .

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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring

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For 30+ years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline.  In  three decades, we monitored 7339  turtle activities, protected 4454  nests, 301,694 turtle eggs, and watched 271,680  hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years.
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The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.

AMITW & Shorebird Monitoring coordinates with county, state and federal efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly loggerheads., Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether humans respect other species enough to protect sea turtles and their essential habitats will depend on the understanding developed by marine conservation biologists.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

(Dr. Seuss,)

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